|CPU||I7-6700HQ Skylake, 2.6-3.5GHZ|
|GPU||Nvidia GTX 970M 3GB GDDR5|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 2133MHZ|
|HDD||1TB 5400RPM HDD, free M.2 PCIe slot|
|Screen||1080p, eDP, IPS, non-touch, 156HL SDC4C48|
|Weight||3.207kg (~7.07 Lbs.)|
The new Alienware 15 R2 is a pretty nice laptop for less than $1200, with a GTX 970M and an I7. For $1200, it is one of the most cost effective gaming laptops with a GTX 970M, surpassed only rarely by some laptop deal from previous generation laptops.
Thermals are good (not great, but good), gaming performance is very good, IPS display is ok, but not great (replaceable), and the optional Alienware Amplifier and the Thunderbolt 3 connection port which maybe useful for future eGPUs. Keyboard is good, battery running times are long thanks to a big battery, speakers are nice (though not great).
Weight and size may be a problem for some, so give it a thought before you get it, but otherwise, for gamers looking for a laptop at around $1000-$1100, this is a very good option.
I post this laptop because the TB3 and the Amplifier options can keep it more “future proof” in terms of performance/price compared to some other laptops for the same price, even compared to future models.
The price is not amazing, but it’s pretty good and if you really want a laptop right now, it is a good one to consider – but don’t jump on it right away.